Clinton ends softball season with 7-5 loss in state semifinal

A solid season came to an end for Clinton High School’s varsity softball team as the Redskins advanced to the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Division 3 state semifinal held at Michigan State University on Friday, June 13, but was defeated 7-5 by Unionville-Sebewaing.The Patriots scored two runs off of Clinton’s starting pitcher, Megan Burton, in the first inning. The Redskins were plagued with five errors, beginning with the first batter reaching base on a fielding error. Burton was also off her mark as she hit a batter in the inning to score the Patriots’ first run.Clinton (34-5) scored a run in the third inning with Kris Forest hitting an RBI double to score Ashleigh Donahey, who hit a triple with one out recorded.Unionville-Sebewaing responded with a run of its own in the top of the fourth inning.Both teams went scoreless in the fifth inning but the sixth inning was filled with base running. The Patriots scored three more runs in the fifth inning on three hits and a pair of errors. However, the Redskins added four runs on three hits in the bottom of the inning. With Forrest on base and one out, Clinton’s Megan Nelson hit a two-run homerun and, with two outs recorded, Sarah Turner also hit a two-run homerun for the Redskins to cut the Patriots’ lead to 6-5.The Patriots scored another run in the top of the seventh inning with help from the Redskins in the form of an error.Clinton’s Donahey singled to open the bottom of the inning but was left stranded to end the game.Burton pitched all seven innings and allowed seven runs, one earned, on eight hits while walking one and striking out six for the Redskins.

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